A Doll's House
A Doll's House Men and Masculinity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.
HELMER: "It is already known at the Bank that I mean to dismiss Krogstad. Is it to get about now that the new manager has changed his mind at his wife's bidding--" (2.111)
The thought that a woman might have power over him is terrifying to Torvald.
HELMER: "You're joking, my little Nora! You won't--you won't? Am I not your husband--?" (3.143)
Torvald says this after Nora resists having sex with him. He feels that all husbands have a right to their wives' bodies.
HELMER: "I should not be a man if this womanly helplessness did not just give you a double attractiveness in my eyes." (3.253)
What's the difference between Torvald's desire to help Nora and Mrs. Linde's desire to help Krogstad?